Engineering Technician I/II

$5,796 - $7,604 monthly
  • City of San Mateo
  • 330 West 20th Avenue San Mateo, 94403
  • Jan 04, 2022
Full time Administration/Management Engineering

Job Description


330 West 20th Avenue San Mateo, 94403


The City of San Mateo Public Works Department is looking for an Engineering Technician I/II

Why Join our Department?

The mission of the Public Works Department is to operate, maintain and improve the City of San Mateo’s infrastructure.  The Public Works Department is comprised of the Engineering and Facilities Services Divisions, and the Environmental Services Division.  Each division is led by a Deputy Director reporting to the Director of Public Works.  The Department is responsible for the City’s capital projects and infrastructure including streets, streetlights, traffic signals, publicly owned parking lots and garages, sewer and storm conveyance systems, wastewater treatment plant, pump stations, a lagoon, dams and levees.

The Public Works Department is committed to high performance levels and standards, utilizing best practices relative to performance management and team-oriented approaches.  Each manager and supervisor is responsible for ensuring the best possible performance of each employee and the accomplishment of the Department’s collective goals and work plans. The Engineering Technician vacancy we currently have is in the Private Development, Permitting and Right-of-Way group.  While the technician may perform other duties as assigned, including supporting the Capital Improvement Program, the primary role will be plan checking for private development and right-of-way permits in the City.

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What You'll Do

The Engineering Technician I/II performs a variety of technical drafting, office and field engineering work.  The position receives immediate supervision from higher engineering personnel.

The Engineering Technician I/II position is flexibly staffed based on experience and may be filled at either level.

  • Locate utilities, easements, property lines and other information on plans.
  • Prepare topographical plan and profile maps of property and pertinent features from survey notes and legal descriptions.
  • Check parcel maps, subdivisions and various other drawings.
  • Participate in the preparation, filing, and retrieval of a variety of engineering maps, documents and records.
  • Ink, pencil, trace and letter charts, graphs, maps, plans and other drawings; prepare miscellaneous illustrative materials such as charts and graphs on blueprint machine; monitor blueprint machine and blueprint paper supply.
  • Prepare final drawings of existing improvements, rights-of-way, and other utilities using field notes, maps and photographs; check calculations used in designs and estimates.
  • Fully utilize the computerized work systems in accordance with workflow processes.
  • Assist in measuring accurate distances to be used in the determination of locations of boundaries, easements, improvements, structures and topographic features; keep notes on measurements made.
  • Write technical specifications for various maintenance contracts; inspect work on maintenance contracts; verify quantities for payment on maintenance contracts.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public concerning engineering activities; issue permits and accept permit fees over the counter; answer questions related to maintenance projects as applicable.
  • Make and check mathematical calculations related to surveying and basic engineering.
  • Inspect streets, sidewalks, sewers, drains and other public works areas for maintenance needs; prepare cost estimates of labor, materials equipment necessary for maintenance projects; assist in developing work schedules.
  • Prepare and maintain production and related records regarding maintenance activities.
  • Maintain various technical files and departmental logs.


For a complete list of duties, reference our job specifications at

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Ideal Candidate

Who You Are

Engineering Technician I:

  • You possess knowledge of terminology, methods, practices and techniques of drafting; principles of algebra, geometry and trigonometry as applied to the computation of angles, areas, distances and traverses; elementary surveying techniques and practices; engineering maps and records; modern office methods and practices; methods and tools used in the repair of small mechanical devices may be required.
  • You possess the ability to read figures quickly and accurately and perform complex engineering and mathematic calculations with speed and accuracy; understand and follow oral and written instructions and sketches; use and care for drafting, surveying, and mechanical instruments and tools; use computers and handheld electronic devices in the course of work; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Engineering Technician II:  (In addition to the Engineering Technician I requirements)

  • You possess knowledge of engineering policies and procedures; construction, design, survey and land use regulations and ordinances; maintenance needs of public works facilities may be required.
  • You possess the ability to perform difficult engineering and field survey computations and calculations with speed and accuracy; perform difficult engineering drafting work; reduce, interpret and apply field notes in performance of drafting duties; compile rough data and prepare statistical and narrative reports from field studies; make accurate computations of material quantities, application rates and production measures; work independently with a minimum of supervision.

What You Bring

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Engineering Technician I:

  • Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by college level courses in mathematics and drafting.
  • One year experience in technical field and/or office engineering work.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.

Engineering Technician II:  (In addition to the Engineering Technician I qualifications)

  • One year of experience performing duties comparable to those of an Engineering Technician I in the City of San Mateo.

Bonus Points (highly desirable)

  • Possession of an Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T) certificate.
  • A Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil or structural engineering or architecture.
  • One to two years’ experience performing plan check reviews.
  • One to two years’ experience performing encroachment permit and wireless telecommunications/small cell permit review.

ADA Special Requirement:

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:  Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, squat, stoop, reach, twist, climb, and lift 25 pounds; exposure to extreme noise, outdoors, chemicals, dust and mechanical hazards.


Salary:  Engineering Technician I - $5,796 - $6,914/month; Engineering Technician II - $6,375 - $7,604/month

What We Offer

  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits
  • CalPERS retirement (2% @ 55 for classic members; 2% @ 62 for new members).  Classic employees contribute 7.94% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.75% to CalPERS.
  • Participation in the Social Security Program
  • Programs: Deferred Compensation plan with City match up to 0.5% of base salary and contribution of 0.5% of base salary and 0.5% city contribution to a Retirement Health Savings Account
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Diff: $195 monthly (if applicable)
  • Employee housing loan up to $7,500 for home purchase or rental move-in assistance in the City of San Mateo
  • This classification is represented by the San Mateo City’s Employee Association

Special Instructions

Are You Ready?  Apply.

Submit an online application, résumé (recommended), and supplemental questionnaire at or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7260.

Application Deadline

Recruitment will close by Friday, January 28, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. OR upon receipt of the first 50 applications and supplemental questionnaires, whichever occurs first.

Interview Process

All applications, résumés (recommended) and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications.  Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information, or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered; missing information cannot be assumed.  A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral panel interview, written exercise, or in the form of a practical demonstration of skill and ability, or any combination of these; an oral board is tentatively scheduled for February 16, 2022.

An employment list will be established for those who pass the examination process. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least six months with the possibility of an extension for an additional six months. Once placed on an employment list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional department interviews.

Date Posted – January 3, 2022

Note:  The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process. ALL RESPONSES WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION. Therefore, it is imperative that you provide an email address to which you have access, and it is recommended that you frequently check your email for notices from:


Fine Print:  Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status, or national origin. It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants requiring accommodations for any part of the testing or recruitment process must notify or (650) 522-7264 seven (7) days in advance of the deadline for the part of the process requiring accommodations.  Do not upload any documents related to your request for accommodation in CalOpps. The City of San Mateo complies with employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Recruitment Contact

Contact phone: (650)483-2297Contact email: